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Donor pays back rent on storage units so Fayettevillle contractor won't lose his equipment

Posted February 10, 2021 6:10 p.m. EST
Updated February 11, 2021 10:13 a.m. EST

— A Fayetteville contractor was able to access some of his tools and equipment for the first time in three months on Wednesday.

Terry McKoy had been locked out of three storage units since Nov. 18 because he owed about $1,300 in rent to two self-storage facilities. The owners of the operations were prepared to auction off the contents of the units this weekend, estimated at more than $40,000, if he wasn't current on his rent.

His remodeling and landscaping jobs have dried up during the coronavirus pandemic, making it harder to pay his storage fees.

"Trying to maintain this along with all the other necessities of life – buying [protective] gear, supporting the people around me and my crew – it's hard to juggle all this stuff during a pandemic," McKoy told WRAL News on Monday.

About two dozen WRAL viewers were touched by the story, and they formed "Terry's Team" to help pay the back rent. But an anonymous donor beat them to the punch and paid it all.

"It's just amazing the outreach that I had from total strangers all over North Carolina," McKoy said. "Some people actually called from out of state and said what can they do to assist."

He now plans to build a storage shed of his own so he won't need the self-storage units. Durwood Stephenson, a general contractor in Smithfield, wanted to help with that part of the project.

"Since your locker fees are paid, I'll just contribute to your material list," Stephenson said, he told McKoy. "I mailed him $1,000 today to buy some materials to build him a shed on his own property so he won't have this problem again."

"Mr. Stephenson is a shining example of compassion," McKoy said. "There are still good people in this pandemic. ... There are people willing to assist."

The anonymous donor paid not only the overdue rent but also one month in advance to give McKoy time to build his shed.

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